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Shell shocked - PEM CONNECTED BLOG

Eliza’s room faces East and overlooks a corner of the garden. In the morning the small bedroom catches and magnifies sunlight spectacularly. The dresser mirror, starched white bed linens and dappled wallpaper all work in concert.

On the fireplace mantle is a collection of seashells, lined up in a row like a small herd of elephants, just as Eliza might have arranged them nearly 200 years ago.

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Reconstructing the windows of history - PEM CONNECTED BLOG

The window sash restoration portion of the Preservation Carpentry curriculum at The North Bennet Street School has felt like a culmination of every skill I’ve learned since starting the program back in September. My eleven classmates and I have studied styles of windows from the 17th century up to the 20th century, and we’ve removed sash from a 19th century home in Weston that was scheduled for demolition. But the assignment for PEM was the first preservation project we took on for a client that would require extreme care and attention.

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Business of Doing Business in Salem Spotlighted - SALEM MAIN STREETS

The beautiful Atrium of the Peabody Essex Museum was the perfect setting for a night of chatting, dining, praising and even a bit of networking this Wednesday in Salem, MA as the 94th Annual Celebrate Salem Awards event took place.

Thirty-six nominees! Six award categories. Businesses. Organizations. Individuals. And winners were decided upon by a very special jury —- you and your peers in the community.

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Clean Salem, Green Salem Events Planned - SALEM PATCH

Clean Sweeps Day and Swamp and Drop Day scheduled in May.

Salem, MA - The city is planning several events over the coming weeks to help make Salem a cleaner and greener place.

Clean Sweeps Day, 8:30am-11:30am

The City of Salem Beautification Committee will hold its annual Clean Sweeps Day as part of Clean Salem, Green Salem on Saturday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m.until 11:30 a.m. Volunteers are welcome to meet our team leaders at Lafayette Park the morning of the May 2. 

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Searching for a Spring Wine - Streets of Salem

May–my favorite month of the year, representing the end of the school year, high time for gardening, that perfect shade of soft spring green, my anniversary, and a kind of wistful merriment which is actually more academic than experiential–because I’m generally too busy in May to engage in such merriment. But I always feel like the need to find a celebratory drink to toast to the spring, and the summer to follow. The traditional beverage is May Wine(Maiwein), which I have made on several occasions: a sweet white wine infused with sweet woodruff and a few other additions. My sweet woodruff has yet to really appear, much less bloom, so I don’t think that’s going to work this year. So I went backwards in time and beverage books looking for something new/old, beginning with George Edwin Roberts’ Cups and their Customs (1863), which has a fantastic title page but not much else.

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Bridge Street Neck - Streets of Salem

Salem is a city of extremities in terms of its physical shape: two “necks” jut out into the Atlantic Ocean from a central peninsula. You can easily see that this was a settlement oriented towards the water rather than the land. Once transportation shifted towards the latter, traffic problems emerged for Salem, and they still present a major challenge to the city. One interesting Salem neighborhood which seems to represent the shifting impact of transportation very well is Bridge Street Neck, the first area to be settled by Europeans and the main gateway to the north.

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What’s Happening In the Garden–May 1, 2016  -THE SALEM GARDEN

Happy May Day!

Our male mallards are on the pond while their sweeties sit on their nests.

Flowers are blooming, hosta has made it’s way out of the ground and it looks like I have a new maple tree growing in my tulip patch.

… all good signs of spring!

Michael cleaned out our perennial beds and they are bursting with new life. I have to give him all of the credit for this task because he just does it.

I’m always watching and waiting for my slithery friends at this time of the year so I tend to procrastinate and step lightly. He dives right in and finishes before I get my shoes on!


Salem's Zephyr Gallery to present show by Beverly artist - WICKED LOCAL SALEM

Zephyr Gallery will present an exhibit by Beverly native Patrick O’Donnell, called “A CUBIST CHICK ATE MY BABY,” June 3 through July 4 at the gallery, 37 Turner St., Salem. A public reception with the artist will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 11 at the gallery.

O’Donnell is a self-taught artist. Several of his most recent paintings are not assigned a specific orientation, being signed with a four-direction arrow of his own design.

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The City of Salem is seeking artists to participate in a “Mural Slam”, a public art project to take place during the Salem Main Streets, Salem Arts Festival, June 3-5, 2016. The site for the 2016 Salem Mural Slam is a series of brick walls at Artists’ Row located in historic downtown Salem at 24 New Derby Street, across from Old Town Hall and Derby Square. This area at the heart of the City was originally built as a market place and...


“En Plein Air and Beyond” 4th Annual Artists’ Residency at the House of the Seven Gables - SALEM ARTS ASSOCIATION

Registration deadline: Monday May 9 2016


(For Salem Arts Members Only)

For the fourth year in a row The House of the Seven Gables will allow Salem Arts Association members on the grounds of their property to sketch, paint, photograph, write and do all things art related without the need to pay admission.


Call to Artists Spring Fling - ARCWORKS PEABODY

ArcWorks invites artists from Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire to submit works for consideration to the juried exhibit Spring Fling. Artists may submit artwork in a variety of two– and three– dimensional media for the juror’s consideration. ArcWorks’ juried exhibits are un-themed, and artists may submit artwork of any subject matter.


Online submission: March 14, 2016 – May 13, 2016     Instructions available here 


Collaboration with Salem Sound Coastwatch and City of Salem Public Art Initiative

Salem, MA - Salem has a new public art project: “Drain SmART Salem”. The project is made possible through a collaboration between Salem Sound Coastwatch and the City of Salem Public Art Initiative.  “Drain SmART Salem” will use artistic storm drain murals to educate Salem residents about the connection between storm drains and the ocean. 

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Adult Coloring Book Night: Call to Local Artists to Submit Designs! - WICKED ART BAR

Call to Local Artists!! - For our June Coloring Book Nights (June 14th and June 28th) we’re going to curate coloring book artwork from local artists for guests of each event to choose from (as reprints).  We are hoping to compile enough designs to publish a full fledged North Shore Artist coloring book in the fall of 2016.  Below are the details on submission of artwork:

  • Wanted: Up to 3 single page adult coloring book designs (original artwork only)
  • Specs: Up to 8.5″ x 11″, no full bleeds (minimum size 4.25″ x 5.5″)
  • Format: We can accept digital (PDF) or original artwork (we will be producing prints of originals – all original artwork will be returned to the artist after)
  • Style: Black & White and stylistically following the coloring book format.
  • Deadline:  All submissions must be received by May 21st, 2016
  • To submit: Email to submit a digital version of your artwork or to make arrangements to drop off actual artwork for us to replicate.  Please make sure to include your name and/or your business name (if any), your website, your logo (if any) and any social media you’d like included. Each print will have the artists full info listed at the bottom of each page.





To sign up to audition please click above and complete the form and choose your first and second preferred time slots. Auditions will take place at Salem Theatre on Sunday, May 22 and Monday, May 23 from 6pm-9pm. Callbacks will be Thursday, May 26.

Please prepare a one minute, contemporary monologue in the style of the play. Please do not prepare a piece from JUDAS, however, pieces from other Stephen Adly Guirgis plays are welcome. Please arrive ten minutes early to complete an audition form and remember to bring a resume and headshot with you. Be prepared to list ALL conflicts between May 29 and August 5. Tech week begins August 6. The show will run August 11 - 27, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm.

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Where my life energy comes from :) - JACYN TREMBLAY

I believe that our life energy comes from creating things. It doesn't matter how big or how small. Creating is what makes us feel alive. For me, I have always felt happiest singing and performing and creating music. I'm sure some of my childhood friends will never forgive me for making them perform shows in my basement, their basements, outside in backyards for the neighbors, and basically anywhere there was an audience (sorry guys).


The Big Picture - THE BOSTON GLOBE

Daily life: April 2016

A look at moments captured by photographers around the world in the month of April

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Poetry and the Creative Mind: Bill T. Jones’s Electrifying Reading of Four Beloved Poems - BRAIN PICKINGS

A scintillating spoken love letter to the power of the written word.

“When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations,” John F. Kennedy proclaimed inone of the greatest speeches ever given. A year later, in contemplating the artist’s struggle for integrity, James Baldwin asserted: “The poets (by which I mean all artists) are finally the only people who know the truth about us.”

I recently had the tremendous thrill of participating in the 14th annual Poetry and the Creative Mind celebration by the Academy of American Poets, hosted at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Among my fellow poetry readers was one of the most magnificent artists of our time — the choreographer, dancer, and artist director Bill T. Jones.

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A New App Lets Kids Design Their Own Games - Fast Code Design

Infinite Arcade is the latest app from Brooklyn-based TinyBop that is designed to create inclusive digital experiences for kids.

For all their aesthetic virtuosity, kids' gaming apps can actually be pretty limiting. Whereas analog toys forced kids to use their imagination, high-tech games with intricate narratives end up doing much of the imagining for them.

It's a problem that has concerned Raul Gutierrez, as both a father of young kids and the founder of the popular Brooklyn-based kids' app company TinyBop. A couple of years ago, the company launched a series of apps called Digital Toys—games, like Robot Factory (which Co.Design reviewed here) and The Everything Machine, that offer a basic framework but allow kids to build their own robots and machines. The latest in the series, on-sale now, goes a step further: in Infinite Arcade kids are not only the players, they're the game's designers, too.


Snowy Mountains and Undersea Worlds Encapsulated Within Wood and Resin Rings - COLOSSAL

Formed from wood, resin, and beeswax, Canadian jeweler Secret Wood forms tiny worlds within the space of a finger. These environments contain everything from snowcapped mountains to deep blue lagoons, appearing like tiny snow globes atop one’s hand. Like a gemstone, each ring has an angular surface, refracting the scenes carefully placed within. Every piece is completely handmade, ensuring that no two rings are exactly alike. You can see more of the jeweler’s rings on their online store and Facebook. (via My Modern Met)

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Macro Photographs Composed of Nearly Ten Thousand Images Show the Incredible Detail of Insect Specimens - COLOSSAL

Commercial photographer Levon Biss typically shoots portraits of world-class athletes—sports players caught in motion. His new series however, catches subjects that have already been paused, insect specimens found at the Oxford Museum of Natural History. The series originally started as a side-project capturing the detail of bugs that his son would catch at home, and is now displayed at the museum in an exhibition titled Microsculpture.

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Flowing Building Installation Featuring Transluscent Strips - FUBIZ

During the Milan Design Week, exhibition Open Borders of INTERNI gathers this year a series of interactive installations and macro/micro objects that explore the borders between the art fields. MAD architects, in collaboration with P.A.T.I, participated to this event with the installation Invisible Border which alters our space’s perception. Transluscent polymer strips are hung up to the building of the Cortile d’Onore, in the heart of the Università Degli Studi di Milano, and fall like water.

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Hortum Machina, B, the garden that rolls across the city - WE MAKE MONEY NOT ART

Although they don’t have what we call ‘nervous systems’, plants are actuallysmart and sentient. They can be electro-chemically stimulated by (and thus react to) the surrounding light, temperature, humidity, pollution and vibration. That is why William Victor Camilleri and Danilo Sampaio, from the Interactive Architecture Lab at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) believe that plants could potentially have a say in the behaviour of our buildings, infrastructure and public spaces.

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This Personal Vice May Be the Key to Unlocking Your Creativity - ENTREPRENEUR

My name is Peter, and I am a procrastinator. There it is -- my first step toward recovering from the disruptive condition called procrastination.

For as long as I can remember, I have procrastinated on important matters. Not always because I lack the time -- although that certainly has played a part -- but more often because when not faced with an impending deadline, I tend to focus on more pressing activities in the moment, such as binge-watching House of Cards on Netflix.

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Outdoor Photographers Need These 4 Crucial Apps - CREATIVE LIVE

As a landscape photographer, generally speaking, spontaneity and luck are not your best of pals. Okay, that’s not entirely fair, but you get what I mean. For the perfect light, all the weather conditions just so, and the sun just cresting over a specific hilltop at 7:43 EXACTLY, the chances of you lucking into that situation are slim.
Thankfully, with a few apps on your smart phone, you can spend more time soaking in the beauty and less time worrying about if you’ll make it in time to see the a particularly red sunset. 

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How Does Branding Help a Startup?INKBOT DESIGN

How Does Branding Help a Startup? Is that even a real question?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve got to have noticed the importance of branding — especially for the new kids on the block, the startups.

Without a good brand, your company might as well not exist in the consumer’s mind.

And unless you’re selling something so basic that only the price matters (and you can significantly undercut other people’s prices, possibly by not spending any money on branding) you’re going to have to spend money on branding.

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Ideacide: The Perils of Self-Censoring (And How You Can Stop It) - 99U

How one mistake can have a ripple effect on our creative courage for the rest of our lives.

It’s one thing to reject the ideas of others…we do that almost automatically. But when we reject, deny, stifle, squelch, strike, silence and otherwise put ideas of our own to death, sometimes even before they’re born, it is the highest crime against creativity. It’s an act of pure tragic mindlessness. I often think of this self-censoring as “ideacide,” because it entails the voluntary shutdown of the imagination, the long-effects of which eventually kill off our natural curiosity and creativity.

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Getting around creative constraints - CREATIVE SOMETHING

Moments after I took this photo I realized I had, in-fact, used permanent marker on my work desk at Facebook HQ. (Sorry boss!)

Constraints are a curious thing. Often they’re self-inflicted, or even imagined. When we feel creatively stuck it’s either because the constraints we feel are too overwhelming are too restrictive, or because we’ve simply failed to see how temporary or fraud the constraints actually are.

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Virtual Reality and Nonprofit Marketing — A New Way to Engage Donors - JCSOCIALMARKETING.COM

Guest blog by H. E. James, MBA

Marketing for the nonprofit sector has different end goals than marketing for business. While nonprofits must still meet financial goals in order to survive, the goal of their marketing campaigns is to build relationships.

People do not donate, volunteer their time, or make any other kind of contribution if they do not feel a connection to a nonprofit. When I volunteered as the marketing coordinator for the local branch of Relay for Life (RFL), it was difficult to help prospects make the connection between Relay and their own experiences, even with marketing plans.

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The best gifts are the ones homemade with thought and love and I received one from my daughter Abbey this weekend.   It’s a simple thought really, but I love it and thought I’d share because I bet many Mom’s/cooks might enjoy getting one too!   They are herb containers with basil, rosemary and oregano and a hanging basket with the leftover plants and some parsley.   The decorative containers didn’t have any drainage so she added some pretty rocks on the bottom and moss on top.  Love, love, love it!   Thank you Abbey!

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Spring Solo Exhibits and Regional Sculpture Exhibit - MARBLEHEAD ARTS ASSOCIATION

May 7, 2016 – June 19, 2016
Opening Reception – Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 2-4 pm
Free and open to all; light refreshments will be served

Alicia Cohen – Pets and Playmates – a Collection of  Pet Portraits – acrylics on canvas

This is an exhibit of the latest series of paintings by local artist Alicia Irick Cohen.  She is the winner of the Marblehead Festival of the Arts People’s Choice Award in painting for the past two years featuring beloved animals in her work.  Her inspirations range from works of the great masters to everyday environments, and she finds ways to incorporate them in colorful and whimsical portrayals of her furry friends.  “You love your pet, and so do I,” is her creed.  Alicia is available to do commissions of portraits of pets by request. Please call the Marblehead Arts Association for more information at 781-631-2608.


Beverly Arts District unveils Red Fence Gallery - WICKED LOCAL BEVERLY

Artist Bruce Orr cuts the ceremonial ribbon at The red Fence Gallery on Cabot Street in Beverly. Orr's work, "Voiceboxes" will be featured at the location for four months. Those who have ventured downtown Beverly lately will have noticed a vibrant and striking new art project on a fence between Atomic Café and The Lindsey Building.

This is a piece by local artist Bruce Orr called "Voiceboxes" and it is the first in a three-part installation known as The Red Fence Gallery, which will run for 2016 at the location.

The gallery is managed by the Beverly Arts District (BAD) and sponsored by Beverly Main Streets and Beverly Cultural Council with the support of the Lindsey Building Condominium Association.

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Radio Irregardless w/ Mark ScaliaS03:E26 (ep107) it's 420 somewhere

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JAWS Minute Episode 56

JAWS Minute, where you all know me... know how I earn a livin'. Adam Harmon from Salem Ink Tattoo and Art Gallery in Salem, MA and MHS Hysteria on Youtube wraps up the week with John Andrews, social media junkie and former executive chef, who now heads up Creative Salem, an initiative to promote Salem as a region hub of creativity and facilitate networking, growth and innovation within the local creative economy.

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5 Non-Obvious (But Effective) Habits - Accidental Creative

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Success doesn’t occur overnight, but neither does failure. Luck aside, both are typically the result of cumulative choices, and how well you position yourself to take advantage of opportunities. By implementing a handful of daily practices into your routine, you can better prepare yourself to deal with the pressures and constraints of your work, and ensure that you are spending your finite resources wisely. While there’s no formula for success, daily practices allow you to somewhat stack the deck in your favor.

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Jackie Huba- Business Lessons from Lady Gaga - CREATIVE WARRIORS

Lady Trinity WARRIOR

You better believe it! Lady GaGa knows how to build customer loyalty with values and meaning. Beyond her uncommon ability to stand up and stand out, Lady GaGa gets how to step way outside of what is to create something new and exciting consistently. Today we’re talking about how to turn followers into fanatics. 

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Why '80s Babies Are Different Than Other Millennials - POPSUGAR

Anyone born in the late '70s or early '80s probably has memories of huddling around a bulky desktop with five (or more) friends to play Oregon Trail. This article, titled "The Oregon Trail Generation: Life Before and After Mainstream Tech" and originally featured on Social Media Week, discusses what life was like for that generation who grew up at the cusp of modern technology.

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In anticipation of Greek Easter this Sunday up in Manchester-by-the-Sea, we put our spin on a traditional Greek dessert. Growing up, we remember waking up on Easter morning to a sea of tasty pastries, ranging from Galaktoboureko (semolina custard in phyllo), to Kourabiedes (walnut sugar cookies), to Koulourakia (butter cookies), to Baklava. Baklava was always a favorite - sweet, sticky, layers of phyllo, chopped walnuts and honey. 

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With spring being here, more or less, the fresh berries are a little less expensive and a little more appealing…it’s time to celebrate.  Lemon is a great flavor for spring – and limoncello is lovely to drink this time of year.  While doing a little beverage research for a friend, I came upon a bunch of wonderful sangria recipes – so many, in fact, that I would like to try at least one new one a month (there’s something to look forward to!).  A mixture of berries with limoncello seemed the right thing to end this month.  The original recipe can be found HERE.

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“What boat landed this fish?” HEATHER ATWOOD

To ask the question “what boat landed this fish?” may be one of the most important environmental, social and political acts of 2016.

These are some names of Gloucester day boats, boats that make short trips to Jeffreys Ledge, Ipswich Bay & Middle Bank: the Maria GS, the Santo Pio, the Angela & Rose, the Janaya & Joseph, and Cat Eyes. And there are more. These boats land a mix of species that call the Gulf of Maine home, but they are primarily landing codfish, dab flounder, blackback flounder, yellowtail flounder, grey sole and some whiting.

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These 13 Incredible Farmers Markets In Massachusetts Are A Must Visit - ONLYINYOURSTATE

Eat your fruits and vegetables, people. Here are the best farmers markets across Massachusetts for loading up those eco-friendly reusable totes with yummy produce and locally-made gourmet treats.

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'No sketching': V&A signs betray everything the museum stands for - THE GUARDIAN


Stealthily photographing someone’s knickers might normally get you arrested, but everyone’s at it in the V&A. A ban on photography in the museum’s new exhibition, Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, means the gallery is full of people furtively trying to snap pictures of pants when the guards aren’t looking. Sneaky museum Instagramming never felt so naughty.

But photography’s not the only no-no in this lineup of lingerie. If you thought you could get away with a quick sketch of that Victorian whalebone corset or the butt-lifting boxers, think again: the museum has introduced a ban on drawing too.